Issue No. 10 - October (2003 vol. 36)
John W. Romein , Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Henri E. Bal , Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
<p>In Awari, a two-person game of pure skill, players sow stones into pits on a board. The game's rules define how to capture stones, and the player who captures the most wins the game.</p><p>For more than a decade, researchers have studied computerized techniques to play Awari. The authors have now solved the game by determining the score of 889,063,398,406 board positions and storing them in databases. They performed the necessary computations on a 144-processor parallel computer with 72 gigabytes of main memory and a fast Myrinet interconnect.</p>
H. E. Bal and J. W. Romein, "Solving Awari with Parallel Retrograde Analysis," in Computer, vol. 36, no. , pp. 26-33, 2003.